2017 San Francisco 49ers’ Draft & OTA Review

San Francisco traded down one spot with Chicago and still got their man in Solomon Thomas. He had to miss OTAs due to the NFL graduation rule but he fits into the 49ers’ plans at left defensive end. The explosive athlete could also kick down inside as an interior pass rusher on nickel downs. Chances are he will do both. San Francisco loves his versatility so they won’t leave him in just one spot. Reuben Foster missed all of the physical part of OTAs rehabbing his shoulder, ... Read more >>
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2017 Pittsburgh Steelers’ Draft & OTA Review

No position needed an upgrade more than edge rusher on the Steelers’ draft priority board. James Harrison gathered in five sacks last season which led the team. But age and time catches up to all great players and no one fights leaving the game more than Harrison. One thing he can do before he retires is mentor potentially the next great Steeler pressure player, TJ Watt. Watt has been getting work with the starters in OTAs. One thing that has impressed the Steelers and the ... Read more >>
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2017 Philadelphia Eagles’ Draft & OTA Review

Free agency for the Eagles was stacked on the offensive side of the ball as was last year’s draft headed by Carson Wentz. The defense needed to be addressed, especially in the secondary with a hell-bent-for-leather pass rusher. He’s not former Eagle Reggie White, but Derek Barnett broke “The Minister of Defenses” record for sacks at the University of Tennessee. He is the only player in SEC history with three straight 10- sack seasons. Twenty-nine of his 33 career sacks ... Read more >>
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2017 Cincinnati Bengals’ Team Preview

by Greg DePalma, Ourlads.com contributor Cincinnati Bengals 2016 (6-9-1)…Did not qualify for post-season for the first time since 2010. Front Office Owner/GM Mike Brown…Became the sole owner in 1991 when his father and Hall of Fame Coach Paul Brown passed away; Paul Brown founded the franchise in 1968; Mike Brown relinquished day-to-day control to his daughter Katie Blackburn and Coach Marvin Lewis in 2014. Executive VP Katie Blackburn…Mike Brown’s daughter has ... Read more >>
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2017 Oakland Raiders’ Draft & OTA Review

Quick study Gareon Conley has been getting work at the slot corner position. Oakland likes his length and speed to match up with slot receivers and the competition he brings to the returning starters. The Raiders like situational starters and they see Conley as a guy who can cover receivers to keep them from getting deep. For now, Conley is a second team slot corner behind Travis Carrie. Football smart Obi Melifonwu fills a hybrid linebacker/safety role. The Raiders see him ... Read more >>
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2017 New York Jets’ Draft & OTA Review

Strong safety Jamal Adams has been nothing less than outstanding in the Jets’ mini-camp. From calling out offensive plays before the snap to making NFL highlight caliber interceptions. His communication skills and intangibles are that of a seasoned veteran. Adams’ leadership skills showed up big time as he directed traffic and encouraged teammates. Free safety Marcus Maye joined Adams on the field giving the Jets a pair of rookie safeties. Maye is a ball hawk who moves ... Read more >>
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2017 New York Giants’ Draft & OTA Review

The Giants earned a playoff berth with 11 wins last year. The defense ranked second in scoring and tied for third in rushing defense. The offense ranked 25th and it must have been smoke and mirrors in the offensive line. New York waited until the sixth round to draft their first offensive lineman at a position of need. That being said, we can’t argue taking a weapon like tight end Evan Engram in the first round to take pressure off of Odell Beckham. Engram is a hybrid receiver ... Read more >>
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2017 New Orleans Saints’ Draft & OTA Review

Marshon Lattimore is a player who the Saints are counting on to contribute as quickly as possible. He has been receiving work on both the first and second units during OTAs. The ex-Buckeye is getting all of the work as an outside corner and it is probably unlikely he’ll play inside at this point. The top rated corner in the draft has made several athletic plays in team drills, including a leaping knockdown of a pass intended for former Buckeye teammate Michael Thomas. Lattimore ... Read more >>
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2017 New England Patriots’ Draft & OTA Review

The Patriots and Bill Belichick exploited every possible way to build their roster – trades, the draft, free agency, and the signing of undrafted college free agents. New England started out trading for the explosive receiver Brandin Cooks, giving Tom Brady a deep weapon. Then Kony Ealy was acquired from Carolina to compete as a pass rusher, and lastly Dwayne Allen was brought in to backup Rob Gronkowski. Derek Rivers fits the versatile prototype that New England has long ... Read more >>
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2017 Minnesota Vikings’ Draft & OTA Review

Dalvin Cook is looking as talented and smooth in OTAs as he was advertised at Florida State. His speed, quickness, and natural feel for running the ball has been showcased in the early practice sessions. He caught everyone’s eye throughout mini-camp with his day to day progress and his instinctive running. Veteran Viking speedster, Jerick McKinnon, is still in the mix as is free agent signee Latavius Murray, but Cook will be hard to keep off the field. Pat Elflein has a high ... Read more >>
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